King of Pain: What Elvis’s death tells us about media coverage of celebrities and the pain/addiction interface


  • Steven D. Passik, PhD
  • Kenneth L. Kirsh, PhD






Author Biographies

Steven D. Passik, PhD

Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York.

Kenneth L. Kirsh, PhD

Pharmacy Practice and Science, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky.


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How to Cite

Passik, PhD, S. D., and K. L. Kirsh, PhD. “King of Pain: What Elvis’s Death Tells Us about Media Coverage of Celebrities and the pain/Addiction Interface”. Journal of Opioid Management, vol. 3, no. 2, Mar. 2007, pp. 69-70, doi:10.5055/jom.2007.0040.